Juan Morales. Painter
Juan Morales (°1986, New Mexico, United States) was born and raised in the South Valley of Albuquerque. From a very early age he noticed the writing on the wall, but (like many) he did not understand it; or the significance it would ultimately have on his existence. Graffiti would be the catalyst to ignite his unrelenting need to create. It would become the educational foundation on which he would build his skills as a painter.
Now he makes paintings, drawings and mixed media artworks. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, Morales focuses on the idea of ‘public space’ and more specifically on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment: the non-private space, the non-privately owned space, space that is economically uninteresting. This includes the object typically found within this space, the discarded and forgotten.
His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and use every day experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. With a conceptual approach, he investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
His works isolate the movements of humans and objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and human perception. In a search for new methods to his creative process, he finds that movement reveals an inherent connection between creation and destruction. Ultimately resulting in the continuing notion of equivalent exchange to achieve balance within a piece.
His works are often about contact with architecture and basic living elements. Energy (heat, light, and water), space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and sometimes developed in unorthodox ways. Juan Morales currently lives and works in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Here he continues the endless pursuit of mastery as a painter and artist.
Within my work, I find myself caught in the grey area existing between creation and destruction. This environment heavily impacts my thought process, as well as the materials I choose to work with; typically, it’s within this space I question reality and contemplate the human condition. Most of my work is emblematic of this, and how we interact and impact each other, as well as our environments.